Hi guys, I know that this disorder varies from person to person, but my question is for those who have a fantasy world and fictional characters like me... for example I have more than 100 fictional characters in my mind and each one has an independent life in every sense of the word and I know everything about each character. ..70 characters are main ones and the rest are minors sometimes they appear but not all the time, so it is easy for you to imagine the amount of suffering I find daily,so I want some help on how to deal with the situation, so my question is, is it possible to have this huge number of characters and how many are your characters!
I have a small group of fictional characters which appear in most of my daydreams - it's about 10 people, they're like imaginary friends. And then I have the characters of their family members (siblings, parents, grandparents, uncles they are in conflict with), their friends from school, their ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends - but those characters have a very basic background, I don't think about them that much. I mostly create idealised versions of living people I have a parasocial relationship with.
There are also characters which exist in a purely fictional setting - in plots I plan to write. I never really counted them, I think 10-20 per story, and I'm currently developing four different stories, so that would make up to 80 characters. Imagining book scenes and its characters is kind of a different type of daydreaming for me though, I have a different emotional connection to them, I'm not as attached.
First thank you. You helped me... I thought I was the only one with that many characters because the others all had about 10 to 20 characters some even say they have under 5.... which made me wonder if me having over a 100 is Ok.... You made an important point about the friends, brothers and fathers of your main characters and said you don't dream about them much, but to me each of my characters are important and have a detailed background and that's why it's very difficult for me I just hope this disorder gets the attention it deserves. It is unfortunate to see something important and worthy of research being neglected in this way. It's really unfortunate.
I feel the same. I am aware that MDD is a pretty unusual thing for somebody who never struggled with it, and since it directly links to our imagination, some people just... can't imagine what it's like. But the intimate nature of this condition is precisely why it can be so destructive.
I have about 13 worlds and over 500 characters. I cant tell you the exact amount of characters i have for i lost track. All i can say is when i last tallied up how many characters i had it was over 500.